This portrait film is top drawer. A mix between narratives, situations, atmosphere, that together tells a lot about Maniitsoq, Greenland, their relationship to Denmark, and generally how it is to be a human being with responsibility and dependencies.


«Winter’s Yearning» is a cinematic film about dreams, lives on hold and the human capacity to rise again.

When the American aluminium giant ALCOA decides to build their next aluminium plant in Maniitsoq, Greenland, the citizens of the small finishing town have high hopes. Could this be the first major step towards Greenlandic independence? But as years go by and ALCOA is nowhere to be seen, the people of Maniitsoq fall into a state of waiting. The future has been postponed, but for how long?

A social worker, a young woman, and the town’s aluminium coordinator are the main protagonists in this portray of a small society that yearns for change and progress. A progress that in the end comes from an unexpected place.

Directed by
Sidse Torstholm Larsen & Sturla Pilskog

77 & 52 min
Produced by Blåst Film (Norway),
Bullitt Film (Denmark) & Ánorâk Film (Greenland)

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She is beautiful, the filming is beautiful (…) the scene is beautiful, Henrik Bohn Ipsen is the cinematographer, and I can not praise him enough, the cinematography alone facilitate another classical, major work.

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Allan Berg Nielsen

 A remarkable film about Greenland I know so well. What do you do when the big aluminium industry project, that would save your town, never actually comes as promised? You turn your focus towards where it is really needed.

I really like how the men are presented in the film. When speaking of Greenland, it is a tendency to talk about the man as a closed-person. It is therefore touching and strong to meet the men in the film who is really level-headed and honest. And actually naked. It is a great strenght in the film.

Iben Mondrup


I don’t think I’ve ever watched a better and more authentic film about Greenlenders and their concerns. Thank you!

Else Lidegaard

Journalist & Author

This is a film many should watch. It tells both about the political situation as well as about some Greenlenders lives, thoughts and feelings. It’s a film about Greenlenders that are not strickened by catastrophies, but who lives normal lifes like most Greenlenders do. I really hope it gets a life and a distribution here in Denmark. It is really needed.


Kim Leine




Duration: 77′ / 52′ – HD, 2K, 4k

Location: Maniitsoq, Greenland

Language: Greenlandic (English & Danish)

Subtitles: English

A production by Blåst Film (Norway)
in co-production with Bullitt Film (Denmark) & Ánorâk Film (Greenland)

Directors: Sidse Torstholm Larsen & Sturla Pilskog

Written & developed by: Sidse Torstholm Larsen & Sturla Pilskog

Cinematography: Henrik Bohn Ipsen

Editor: Åsa Mossberg

Sound designer & Mixer: Niels Arild

Music by: Sebastian Öberg

Colorist: Mats Andersen

Poster design: Mia Sehlin

Producers: Sturla Pilskog & Are Kvalnes Pilskog

Co-producers: Vibeke Vogel, Emile Hertling Péronard & Inuk Silis Høegh

Supported by Norwegian Film Institute, Western Norway Film Centre, Danish Film Institute, Fond for lyd og bilde, EU MEDIA, The Greenlandic Self Rule Government, Zefyr Media Fund, Freedom of Speech Foundation, KNR (Greenlandic Broadcaster) & DR.

Developed during NFI:LAB Til Forum 2013, EDN:Twelve for the Future 2014 & EURODOC 2017